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  • Apryl Williams

    Deconstructing the ‘Karen’ meme

    February 3, 2021

    It’s a scene we unfortunately see too often now: A white woman pulls out her phone to call the police to patrol Black people in public spaces. They become memes, the kind that are studied by Apryl Williams, a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

  • Jonathan Zittrain delivers the 2020 Tanner Lecture

    Gaining power, losing control

    January 28, 2021

    As the 2020 Tanner Lecturer on Human Values at Clare Hall, Cambridge, Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain explores the clash of free speech and public health online.

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    Political discourse and the 2020 U.S. Election

    November 24, 2020

    The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society researchers Yochai Benkler and Robert Faris document how polarized media in the United States shape political discourse and the 2020 election.

  • Connected Parent Zoom panel

    ‘The Connected Parent’ offers guidance, insight into digital parenting

    November 16, 2020

    “The Connected Parent,” a new book by John Palfrey ’01 and Urs Gasser LL.M. ’03  is a practical guide for addressing concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and navigating an increasingly digital world.

  • Julie Owono and Evelyn Douek

    ‘Be the Twitter that you want to see in the world’

    November 7, 2020

    Ahead of the 2020 presidential election in the United States, experts from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society convened to discuss how platforms are approaching mis- and disinformation and what they can improve going forward.

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    Simulating responses to election disinformation

    October 14, 2020

    In an effort to combat multiple potential vectors of attack on the 2020 U.S. election, two Berkman Klein Center affiliates have published a package of “tabletop exercises,” freely available to decisionmakers and the public to simulate realistic scenarios in which disinformation threatens to disrupt the 2020 election.

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    Tracing the disinformation campaign on mail-in voter fraud

    October 2, 2020

    A new report from Harvard Law School Professor Yochai Benkler ’94 and a team of researchers from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society shows that the mail-in voting fraud disinformation campaign—intentionally spreading false information in order to deceive—is largely led by political elites and the mass media.

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    Cyberlaw Clinic weighs in on warrantless device searches at the US border

    August 27, 2020

    Two clinics at HLS— the Cyberlaw Clinic and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic—partner on a case involving warrantless device searches at the U.S. border

  • Cyberlaw Clinic turns 20

    April 9, 2020

    It was 1999 and the dot-com bubble was about to burst. Corporations were scrambling to address new legal challenges online. Napster was testing the music industry. And at Harvard Law School, the Berkman Klein Center was creating a clinical teaching program specializing in cyberlaw.

  • Kendra Albert

    From clinical student to clinical instructor

    February 27, 2020

    Kendra Albert ’16, former student and current clinical instructor in Berkman Klein Center's Cyberlaw Clinic talks about their takeaways from that experience, their current work, and what they’re the proudest of in their time there.

  • Lumen Homepage

    Shedding light on fraudulent takedown notices

    December 12, 2019

    What happens if bad actors deliberately falsify and submit court documents requesting the removal of content? Research using the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society’s Lumen database shows the problem is larger than previously understood.

  • Mary L. Gray speaking to a room full of people

    The hidden labor supporting algorithms

    July 3, 2019

    Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Fellow Mary Gray, senior researcher at Microsoft Research, talks about her book “Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass."

  • Ben Green

    The “Smart Enough” City

    March 20, 2019

    "The smart city is ultimately a vision full of false promises and hidden dangers," says Ben Green, an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and author of the forthcoming book, "The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in its Place to Reclaim our Urban Future."

  • Virginia Eubanks portrait

    Algorithms and their unintended consequences for the poor

    November 7, 2018

    Virginia Eubanks recently joined the Berkman Klein Center for a discussion of her book, “Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor,” and the impact algorithms can have on different segments of society.

  • A new look into the media ecosystem of the 2016 Presidential Election 1

    ‘Network Propaganda’ takes a closer look at media and American politics

    October 23, 2018

    A new book from researchers at the Berkman Klein Center, with its origins in a 3-year study of the media ecosystem surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election, disrupts the traditional narrative—invoking "fake news,” Russian interference, data breaches and social media—around what contributed to the divisive outcome.

  • Evaluating the impact of artificial intelligence on human rights 2

    Evaluating the impact of artificial intelligence on human rights

    September 27, 2018

    AI-based tools are increasingly being used by people and organizations in positions of authority to make important, often life-altering decisions. A new report from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society addresses this issue and weighs the positive and negative impacts of AI on human rights.

  • The politics of Facebook and what to do about it

    The politics of Facebook and what to do about it

    September 19, 2018

    While the data firm Cambridge Analytica and questions of data privacy propelled Facebook into the headlines in recent months, Facebook has been under the critical…